Nicki Minaj: "I Ruffled Mariah Carey's Feathers On American Idol"

23 November 2012, 12:38 | Updated: 23 November 2012, 12:42

The 'Fly' rapper says she will continue to show the same passion on the show despite the pair's public altercation.

Nicki Minaj has confessed that she thinks her appointment on American Idol and subsequent public fall out was down to the fact that she "ruffled the feathers" of her fellow judge.

The 'Pound The Alarm' star told E! Online that her passion has been the cause of tension between the pair – but she will continue to be herself regardless.

"I'm an adult and we are passionate on the set and sometimes when you're a passionate woman, you know, sometimes it kind of ruffles other women's feathers, but I'm going to continue to be Nicki Minaj," she declared.

The Trinidad-born singer also revealed that Mariah has been one of her favorite artists of all time and she was upset their argument escalated in the way it did.

"She's been one of my favourite artists of all time since I can remember, so it's weird that everything kind of, was blown up like that," she said. "It didn't make me happy at all." 

She continued: "I can't take away what she's done in my life and just in pop culture in general and just having one of the most amazing voices in the world.

The pair came to blows during auditions in Charlotte, North Carolina but not arguments have ensued between the judges since.

The season premiere of the new American Idol series will take place in early 2013 and Nicki has also recently released a repacked version of her second studio album.